This blog focuses on business litigation cases primarily from the Delaware Chancery  Court and Delaware Supreme Court (and my summaries of those cases are fairly up to date), but once in a while I feel compelled to take note of decisions around the country that might be of interest generally to lawyers who handle business litigation cases and their clients. Courtesy of California Employment Lawyer Stephen Hogie, comes a discussion (with links to cases) of the "ministerial exception" which is often used by courts to defer to religious institutions in matters of their internal affairs. For example, he refers to the case of a novice who was preparing to become a nun, but was dismissed from the program–apparently around the time she found out that she had breast cancer. The court did not want to get into the business of second-guessing religious orders when they determine who should or should not become nun, but of course the dividing line for what is a matter of decisionmaking based on the religous beliefs of a particular minister or religion, and what might be an unfair employment practice, is not always clear. Here is the link to the story and the related cases: